Zig Zag: Space

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started16th Jan 1984
ended17th Oct 1988
last rpt26th Oct 1988
6 school years
duration20 mins
subject 👨‍🔬ScienceAstronomy
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Space is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s, covering Astronomy for Primary pupils.

Sheelagh and Paul travel in the 'Spaceship Zig Zag' on the first stage of a rocket journey, investigate the beginnings of space travel, landing a man on the moon, and the other planets in our solar system. The subject of space exploration was chosen for its topical interest to schoolchildren in 1984, anticipating a visit from Halley's Comet which eventually took place in 1986.

From 1986 this unit was joined by two episodes on Spaceship Earth which consider Earth as a spaceship and look at its resources and weather. Those two programmes have a separate page on this site.

The original transmission in 1984 concluded with a repeat of an episode of Merry-Go-Round from summer 1981 about the light from the sun. For subsequent transmissions in 1986 and 1988 this was replaced by new, topical programmes made each year looking ahead to forthcoming events in space exploration.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Into Space #1984-01-16-00-00-0016 Jan 1984
2. On the Moon #1984-01-23-00-00-0023 Jan 1984
3. Planets and Comets #1984-01-30-00-00-0030 Jan 1984
4. Stars #1984-02-06-00-00-006 Feb 1984
- rpt Light and Shadow #1984-02-13-00-00-0013 Feb 1984
5. Tomorrow's Spacemen #1986-02-03-00-00-003 Feb 1986
6. Tomorrow's Space #1988-10-17-00-00-0017 Oct 1988


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1983-84 Spring 1984 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 2:40pm BBC2
1985-86 Spring 1986 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 2:40pm BBC2
Summer 1986 Tuesday, 2:40pm Friday, 10:15am BBC2 Subtitle Slot
1988-89 Autumn 1988 Monday, 10:58am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2


Presenter Sheelagh Gilbey
Paul Coia
Producer David Meldrum (1984)
John Watkins (1986)
Peter M. Evans (1988)


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